brutally honest for a moment here: Hillary did NOT lose because she is a woman. She lost because she was an unbelievably sucky candidate. She lost because normal people wanted change and she was the poster child for the same ol’ same ol’. She lost because people were sick to death of Obama and yet felt the cultural “tug” of not openly criticizing him because he is black. To blame it on misogyny is both wrong and stupid, and believing THAT story is a sure way for Democrats to miss the salient point entirely. It is, at heart, psychologically defensive. It is incredibly self-serving. The first step in real change is to admit you were wrong. Democrats have studiously avoided that first step.
But to acknowledge that a) Barack Obama sucked as President and b) that Hillary sucked as a candidate is, perhaps, too painful for many to do. The misogyny excuse or the Russia excuse both allow one to frame the loss in some kind of a heroic narrative. People don’t have to admit that they themselves were snookered. But theses explanations also prevent people from making real changes. And that is the real damage.
See, if it’s all misogyny or all the Russians, I can avoid all that introspection. I can avoid real change. Nothing is my fault and there is therefore nothing else I can do. It’s all the Russians or misogyny. I didn’t do it–it was those knuckle-dragging others did it (the theme of this generation). I can do nothing and need to change nothing (as my personality pathology already dictates). And THOSE are the wages of the Snowflake Generation.
THIS is the end result of a lifetime of believing that there are no losers and that everyone should get a trophy. But (as noted in Alice In Wonderland) when all have won and therefore must have prizes, the “race” is totally meaningless. As the villain in The Incredibles said, “When everyone is super, no one is super.”